Written by: Nicholas Dale, Venture Smarter
Last week, Venture Smarter attended the World Bank and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ two-day "Transforming Transportation 2017" forum to learn from global industry and policy leaders about innovative mobility solutions.
Mobility is a key component in Venture Smarter's four pillars of smart cities, and operates in concert with Sustainability, Connectivity and Security to create adaptable and scalable framework for smart city implementation.
Over the course of two days, panelists shared ideas and strategies to leverage open data partnerships to transform transportation, create sustainable financing opportunities and transform urban and rural mobility. Global industry leaders from companies such as Zipcar, Shell Foundation, FedEx discussed key topics alongside state representatives and stakeholders from the United Nations and the World Bank.
Panelists and attendees alike stressed the importance of a networked, holistic approach to designing and implementing smart transportation technologies based on user-need and scalability. The World Resources Institute plans on launching an interactive website to curate research on transit oriented development to educate and empower stakeholders in international communities.
The Transforming Transportation forum allowed for individuals from across the world to share their ideas and solutions to one of the most pressing needs as economies grow and develop; the Venture Smarter team looks forward to being at the forefront of the conversation regarding mobility, and developing the tools and resources to plan, implement and scale transportation technologies coupled with sustainable, connected and secure infrastructure for the smart city of the future.
The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus provides a place where Members of Congress can convene with stakeholders from all different backgrounds, including but not limited to: industry stakeholders, state and local governments, and local community leaders. Join me exploring ways we can bridge the technological divide between urban and rural American communities by expanding smart infrastructure nationwide.
Here is a list of 'Smart Cities' events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this February...
RSCI has announced speakers and forum leaders for the Smart Regions Congress event in Washington DC on February 15th. The interdisciplinary group of leaders will explore and discuss the challenges and successes that arise when building smart regions that put people first.
Smart cities and regions use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit. But efforts towards smart planning and development don't happen on their own, and they cannot take place in silos. Smart solutions require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions that improve people's lives, increase public service delivery, and alleviate strained municipal budgets.
USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. This program invests in equipment that uses broadband to help rural communities connect to educational and health care services. These vital services are part of the foundation of a high quality of life and enable communities to overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density by connecting them to the rest of the world through high-speed internet.
Public Safety is an important facet of smart planning. Today, we have the capability to create and adapt technology in a way that can not only provide us with tools for a safer response to emergency situations but also provide us with tools for smarter preparation.
It is exciting to hear Secretary Elaine Chao open the Detroit Auto Show by discussing how America can lead in technology and innovation by safely deploying Connected and Autonomous vehicles...
The Federal Government is beginning the process to develop policies on the evolution of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to autonomous trucks, buses and additional ground-based vehicles.
This month the Venture Smarter community passed the 20,000 users benchmark, and the beta portal captured great insights on the state of smart cities happenings. But more importantly, it's 2018 and we are continuing our mission to democratize smart city planning, providing even small and medium sized communities the tools for smart city success stories that reach beyond big city limits.